Music That Moves Me - Audio Diaries

Welcome to Music That Moves ME Audio Diaries Vault

Each weekday this coming June we will post up a new audio diary as it is aired on Maine Public Radio and Maine Public Classical. People sharing their passion and love for music is a very powerful reminder of the role music plays in all of our lives. The 2018 season of Music That Moves ME is possible through the support of the Maine Community Foundation and Lee Auto Malls.

Take a few moments and explore our archived Music That Moves ME segments below. Enjoy!

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'On Eagles Wings'

Jun 30, 2017

Peyton Higgison was born in NYC in 1955. He came to Maine in 1975 for the Portland School of Art (now MECA) and, following in his mother's footsteps, he has worked as a professional artist since 1978. On the side, Peyton started New England Telemark in 1999 and served as its ski school director before retiring in 2015. Peyton now works as a shooting instructor at L.L.Bean. He lives in Brunswick with his wife, Chake.

Musical Memory: "On Eagles Wings" performed by Bruce Peyton

'On the Run'

Jun 29, 2017

John Bradford is a systems engineer here at Maine Public. He lives in Durham with his wife and son.

Musical Memory: "On the Run" by Pink Floyd

Kate Bush/Peter Gabriel

Jun 27, 2017

Elizabeth Rogers grew up in Virginia and Japan, spent summers in the woods in New Hampshire and earned degrees in history and art prior to launching a career in communications at Chicago Public Radio. From there, Elizabeth led national campaigns to expand access to dental care for underserved populations. She moved to Maine in 2005 with her husband and two children, received a master’s in health policy and management from USM, and is now a senior vice president at Coastal Enterprises, Inc.

Musical Memory: Kate Bush/Peter Gabriel

'The Ride of the Valkyries'

Jun 26, 2017

William G. Hupper was born in Massachusetts, and spent most of his life there, but has deep historical ties to Maine. He and his wife moved to California in 1996, where he worked in the logistics department of a multi-national company for nearly 15 years. After his retirement he moved to Maine and currently resides in Brewer. He is the author of a nine-volume work, An Index to English Periodical Literature on the Old Testament and the Ancient Near East, which is the culmination of over 40 years of research. He developed software for the Macintosh computer to produce Egyptian Hieroglyphics on screen and in print. He has authored articles in theological journals as well as official government documents related to his vocation. Mr. Hupper has also been a member of the Society of Biblical Literature for over forty-five years.

Musical Memory: "The Ride of the Valkyries" from Die Walküre.

'Shimmy, Shimmy Ya'

Jun 23, 2017

Edwige Charlot was born in Paris, France and spent most of her childhood in Connecticut. Her most recent project include the launch of her strategy and design consultancy. Ben Weinstein was born and raised in Maine. He is a music enthusiast, an avid vinyl collector, and a former hip hop DJ on community radio.

Musical Memory: "Shimmy, Shimmy Ya" by ODB.

'Chay Yam'

Jun 22, 2017

Dave Boardman teaches Mass Media Communications at Mid-Maine Technical Center in Waterville and works for Maine Public as the Maine Education Project’s program coordinator. Dave and his wife, Shirley Brook, adopted their children, Van, Sophie, and Cooper, in Cambodia from 1998 to 2000, and have lived in Oakland for nearly 25 years. Their children are now college students, and Dave took Sophie back to visit her homeland for the first time in the summer of 2016. He will return this summer with their oldest son, Van to explore more of the country of his birth.

Musical Memory: "Chay Yam"

'I Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer'

Jun 21, 2017

Kenya Hall is a mom and a musician who lives in Portland Maine, who also believes in love and patience.

Musical Memory: "I Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer" by Stevie Wonder.

'I Walk the Line'

Jun 20, 2017

Mark Woodward is a retired general contractor living in Cape Elizabeth. Currently, he spends his time making friends with his 1953 Ford Jubilee tractor and playing a rather dismal game of golf.

Musical Memory: “I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash.

'Make Our Garden Grow'

Jun 19, 2017

Grammy award-winning conductor/composer Lucas Richman has served as Music Director for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra since 2010 and held the position as Music Director for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra from 2003-2015. He has appeared as guest conductor with numerous orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Oslo Philharmonic, and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. As a composer, Mr. Richman's music has been performed by over two hundred orchestras across the United States including the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Pops. He has fulfilled commissions for numerous organizations including the symphonies of Pittsburgh, San Diego and Knoxville; 2015 saw the Albany Records release of a critically-acclaimed CD featuring the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performing three compositions including his "Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: In Truth."

Musical Memory: "Make Our Garden Grow" from Candide by Leonard Bernstein.

'Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World'

Jun 16, 2017
Glenn's daughter, Lily, at 4
Fred Field, for the Press Herald

Glenn Jordan is a sports writer for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram.

Musical Memory: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.

'The Concerto for Orchestra'

Jun 15, 2017

Musical Memory: "The Concerto for Orchestra" by Béla Bartók.


Jun 14, 2017

Leslee Fiveland grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, worked in international trade and shipping in the World Trade Center in New York and taught Spanish in the Bucksport Schools. She loves to travel and to visit with her extended family. At home in Maine she enjoys writing, reading, drawing, hiking, canoeing, sailing and working with wood.

Musical Memory: "Fireflies" by Paul Sullivan.

'La Traviata'

Jun 13, 2017

Jack Riddle grew up in the New York City area attending public schools there and and later graduating from the University of Michigan. A retired businessman, he and his wife Bonnie moved to Maine in 1980. He has always been a devotee of music first as a student, then as an instrumentalist, then as a volunteer and organizer. He was president of the Portland Symphony 1989-1991 and co-founded Opera Maine (formerly Portopera) in 1995. He has served on the board of Opera Maine over its 23 year history.

Musical Memory: "La Traviata" by Giuseppe Verdi.

'Brandenburg Concerto No. 5'

Jun 12, 2017

Richard Burbank is the founder, President and CEO of Evergreen Home Performance. He enjoys organic gardening and playing accordion and concertina while singing sea shanties. Richard lives in Falmouth with his wife and three children.

Musical Memory: "Brandenburg Concerto No. 5" by Johann Sebastian Bach.

'Everything Your Heart Desires'

Jun 9, 2017

Heidi Whitney earned her BA in English and Greek at UNH and later her MS in Education at USM. She currently teaches in Southern Maine and still sings along to the radio, much to the chagrin of her husband and son.

Musical Memory: "Everything Your Heart Desires" by Hall and Oates.